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By Michelle Caron

Chiropractors are experts on nutrition, and are a good source for determining what foods will best fuel your body. They can also offer advice on foods to avoid, and recently leading the group of foods to avoid are Genetically Modified Organisms or (GMO's).

Organisms whose genetic characteristics have been altered by inserting a gene from a different ogranism or a modified gene through genetic engineering are known as being genetically modified and labeled GMO's. Different species of bacteria, plants, animals, and/or viral genes are created (that would not naturally occur) by crossbreeding methods involving transferring DNA from one species to the other. Many experts agree that consuming these newly modified organisms might be cause for concern. The positive side is that it creates a wider variety of foods for consumers.

Many Americans are calling for labeling of GMO foods. There are numerous campaigns on Facebook. Polls consistently show that the vast majority of Americans would like to have GMO's labeled, and that people would not buy food that has been genetically modified. Yet despite the majority wanting GMO's labeled, or even restricted from our food supply, it is now estimated that over 80% of prepackaged foods in our country have GMO's present!

The companies providing the research to the U.S. FDA on GMO's safety are often conducted by the very same companies that produce them. Campaign contributions and political lobbying are effective in getting laws passed that allow GMO's to stay in our food supply unlabeled. GMO labeling campaigns have been started by organizations and states to prevent this. Other countries have restricted or even banned GMO's until they are proven safe. Many Americans want the same bans and restrictions to allow individuals the opportunity to decide whether or not to feed these genetically modified foods to their families. Many people do not want to consume these GMO's until they are proven safe. There are also many Americans who do not know what a GMO is, and therefore are unaware of the potential threat in their food supply.

If you feel overwhelmed at how to identify GMO foods and are looking for a place to start, following is a list of the 10 Worst GMO foods that you should avoid. These include: corn, soy, sugar, aspartame, papayas, canola, cotton, dairy, zucchini and yellow squash. Each of these GMO foods has a specific health issue or issues attached to their consumption. Steering clear of these foods completely may be difficult, and you should try to find other sources than big chain grocery stores, such as farmer's markets or CSA's (Community Supported Agriculture). If produce is certified USDA-organic, it's non-GMO and looking for that label is a good place to start.

Local chiropractors are an excellent source on nutrition, and more specifically on which foods are available to purchase non-GMO in your area. Many chiropractors have vitamins, minerals and other non-GMO nutritional suppelements available for purchase. Chiropractic clinics also may offer nutritional counseling as one of their primary services. Nutrition is one of the key components to looking and feeling your best, and chiropractors are an excellent resource in helping you make healthy food choices for you and your family.

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